Book Launch For "Fashion Victims: The Dangers Of Dress Past And Present"

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Book Launch For "Fashion Victims: The Dangers Of Dress Past And Present"
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The BSM invites the public to join us for the book launch of "Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present" by Dr. Alison Matthews David.

Thursday, October 8th, 6-8pm
7pm remarks by author
Signed copies of the book will be available for sale
Free admission, cash bar and complimentary hor d’oeuvres

Fabulously gory and gruesome, Fashion Victims takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the lethal history of women’s, men’s and children’s dress, in myth and reality. Drawing upon surviving fashion objects and numerous visual and textual sources, encompassing louse-ridden military uniforms, accounts of the fiery deaths of Oscar Wilde’s half-sisters and dancer Isadora Duncan’s accidental strangulation by an entangled scarf; the book explores how garments have tormented those who made and wore them, and harmed animals and the environment in the process.

Trained as an Art Historian at Stanford University, Dr. Alison Matthews David has found her true calling as a scholar of Fashion History and Theory. She currently teaches in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University and is Graduate Program Director for the MA Fashion. Her interests include men’s and women’s fashion, material culture, occupational health, environmental pollution, and technological innovation. She most recently co-curated the exhibition Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century with Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition will also be available for viewing following the book launch.
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By: Bata Shoe Museum